Dusan Mandic, after Serbia won the water polo gold
The men decorated with scratches and red marks trickled through a hallway at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium and insisted the past didn't matter.
Their countries, Croatia and Serbia, share a 150-mile border and a bloody history. They battled in the early 1990s as part of the conflagration ignited by the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. They traded claims of genocide. Their sporting events against each other became about much more than who won or lost and regularly led to unseemly chants, riots, even diplomatic incidents.
On Saturday, they shared a pool in the water polo final at the Rio Games.
Doing my victory lap I literally kept screaming to everyone I know, ‘Are you kidding me?’
Medals came from rare and unexpected places for American runners on the last day of the track and field portion of the Rio Games, although they also tapped the reliable gold mine of the women’s 1,600-meter relay for a sixth straight Olympic championship in that event and Allyson Felix’s ninth career medal.
When the evening was over, the U.S. team total stood at 31 with Sunday’s men’s marathon to go, three more than the 2012 U.S. team won in London and the most at a nonboycotted Games since 1956. The breakdown was seven golds and 15 total for the men’s squad, to six goals and 16 for the women.
They did it in spectacular fashion Saturday, with Maryland-born Matt Centrowitz holding off several late challenges to become the first U.S. man to win the Olympic 1,500-meter race since 1908. It was so unlikely an outcome that even he couldn’t believe it.
Karch Kiraly's top-ranked U.S. women's volleyball team has earned an Olympic bronze medal, hardly the color the Americans planned for when they came to Brazil chasing the program's first gold in history.
The U.S. topped the Netherlands, 25-23, 25-27, 25-22, 25-19, Saturday, bouncing back for bronze two days after a heartbreaking five-set defeat to Serbia in the semifinals.
After Kim Hill's ace on match point, the U.S. women fell into an embrace, and Kiraly hugged his coaches and brought his team together for a cheer.
USA Track and Field’s appeal of the disqualification of the men’s 400-meter relay team has been denied, according to several reports.
The U.S. quartet finished third in the final on Friday but soon afterward was disqualified because of a faulty baton exchange between leadoff runner Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin in which Rodgers passed it too early. Jamaica won, followed by Japan. Canada, which had finished fourth, was elevated to third following the U.S. disqualification.
U.S. officials filed a protest with the Jury of Appeals of the International Assn. of Athletics Federations. The rejection of the appeal was first reported by Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated, who cited an official of the IAAF as saying all protests and appeals were rejected, leaving all results to stand. Associated Press also reported the protest had been rejected.
Four seconds is virtually nothing for a gifted runner like Gwen Jorgensen.
Jorgensen was a mere four seconds behind the leader, Mari Rabie of South Africa, in the bike-to-run transition of the women’s Olympic triathlon on Saturday morning.
Just like that Jorgensen erased the lead and surged into first in a matter of seconds. The only runner to stay right with Jorgensen during the 10-kilometer run along the scenic Copacabana course was veteran Nicola Spirig Hug of Switzerland.